We turn on the faucet to obtain our water. A quick flick of the finger, a turn of the wrist or sometimes just the presence of our hands in the sink engages the stream. Obtaining water for so many of us is, in a word, effortless. Wells themselves and fetching water has been somewhat romanticized in our culture. We see Laura Ingalls Wilder, flowers in her braids, cut a path through the blowing grass of the prairie to bring a bucket of water home for Ma. We listen to Snow White’s voice echo into the depth of a mossy stone-well, “One day my prince will come.” We give shiny copper coins, of very little worth, to the most naïve amongst us and tell them to make a wish and then toss them into the mouth of wells, wells that are there for décor, not for survival.
But the wells that Water 4 Kids International provides for people all over the world are not novelty items or a blast into the past, they are a necessary aspect of the village’s very survival. Fetching water, a task which falls mainly on the women and children of a community, is exhausting and dangerous. As our teams have traveled all over the world, we have encountered many stories of children walking to get water and never returning home because they got injured by a wild animal or abducted. The gathering of water takes up so much of the day and uses up so much energy that many of the children, for whom this task falls, are unable to attend school. All this effort is put towards gathering water that ultimately results in causing 75% of the deaths in remote villages, not very conducive to a fairy tale storyline is it?
The physicality of the wells or boreholes that W4KI drills are very different from the wells that one might imagine. They go very deep into the earth and are sealed so that no contamination can reach the water source and no injury can occurred. A hand pump, easily operated by young and old, is all that sprouts out of the surface where the well is drilled. W4KI not only drills, but educates and makes certain that the well is properly maintained. We also purchase the actual land where the well resides so that disputes over well ownership will never arise.
We know that there is a huge need for wells in remote villages. It is our wish that you will get motivated for our cause and inspired by the stories of the lives of the people that we have met and shared with you. We want you to feel a tug to get involved. Please visit www.w4ki.org to read about villages we have highlighted that are in the greatest need and please take note of Pipeline’s Getting WELL Connected event that is happening this month on May 30th in Scottsdale, AZ. We are very hopeful that enough support will be raised at this event for several wells. Stories and fairy tales are told as an escape from reality, a break from the facts of life, but true stories can have good endings as well. That is what we are wishing for and we hope that you will be a part of making those wishes come true.